You probably heard by now that Anthony Morrow went for 47 in the Warriors’ finale at summer league. One night after Anthony Randolph tied the summer-league record with 42 points, Morrow one-upped his boy by going crazy with his outside shot. I wasn’t there, but I heard the gym was going crazy as he, for stretches, wouldn’t miss.
He was 18-for-26 from the field (69.2 percent), 7-for-9 from 3-point range. He also had 7 rebounds and five turnovers. He had 17 points in the first quarter and 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Morrow: “I had a feeling I was going to get it. (Randolph) knew it. He kept telling me to get the record. Then when I had 32 in the third quarter, I started messing with him. I told him ‘I’m coming for you.’”
Morrow acknowledged he was looking to have a big game. He wanted to show how hard he’s been working, how he’s not satisfied with his surprisingly productive rookie season. He said he wanted to make a statement at, pretty much, the place where his career started.
Morrow: “Everybody kept asking me why am I playing summer league. It’s fun. It’s an opportunity to develop a bond (with my teammates) and work on some things. I wanted to play with Steph Curry and JD (Jermareo Davidson). This is where it all started. It’s just a blessing to be able to comeback and prove that I’m supposed to be here.”
Morrow is getting known for this huge break-out games, the most notable being his 37-point effort in his first career start in November at the Los Angeles Clippers. He said last season, he kept trying to live up the hype he created. Now, he brushes off his big game as just another day.
Morrow: “After what I went through last year, when I hit that 37, I can handle (expectations). I felt pressure back then. But now I don’t feel pressure. I know my role.”
Morrow, at some point, started going for the record, but he said it was also about working on some of his weaknesses. In his first two games, he was passive for the most part. One thing the coaches pointed out to him was that he was coming off screens and killing his dribble too quickly. They want Morrow to come off the screen ready to shoot or ready to drive.
So, this outburst was a product of Morrow taking heed to the coaching staff.
Morrow: “I just wasn’t being aggressive. Randolph was the hot man so I was looking to get him the ball. I knew Randolph was out. I knew Cartier wasn’t playing. So I wanted to be aggressive. My teammates kept feeding me. Sometimes it works like that.”